Had ultrasound and the technician said I have fibroids, now the Dr has sent me for an urgent referal

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Has anyone else been urgently referred to Gynae with fibroids???

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    Yes! I was. I think it depends on a couple of things, eg if you've been bleeding profusely or the US shows that the fibroids are messing things up inside. It's better to get seen quickly in my opinion! The sooner you see a specialist the sooner it can be dealt with. May I ask how old you are, your symptoms and whether you're past menopause? 

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      Hi Rosie..thanks for replying...I am 49 years old and probably going into perimemopause. I have a lot of bleeding..period for basically 2 months...scan woman basically said all seemed fine yet i have fibroids...now dr reffered fir urgent scan...must say I am a bit fearful...x
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      Yes, the urgent referral will most likely be because of your constant bleeding, as that will be affecting your iron levels etc.

      Fibroids are extremely common, and almost always benign, but they can certainly cause problems for some of us! I wouldn't worry about anythig more sinister. The very, very rare cases of malignancy are usually, though not always, in women past menopause and I'm pretty sure it isn't detectable through an US. That would require an MRI, cat scan and blood tests. It seems to me that your GP is simply being pro-active to get you help, as he/she should be! 

      Best wishes, Rosie

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    Hi Kathy, yes you can be given an urgent referral to gynae if your fibroids are causing severe problems - that can be bleeding, bowel obstuction or they can also cause havoc with your bladder and/ or kidneys - you will have an idea what your issues are! I personally have bowel/ back issues with mine - I was referred after an MRI. The one thing my GP did say was they were not malignant and could be dealt with. I am now awaiting hysterectomy. Good luck !!!
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    Hi Kathy, please don't think that because you are referred to Gynae from GP due to fibroids. It is just because the GP's do not know much and are not specialists. It does not mean the fibs are necessarily causing bother to other organs. I was referred and that was not the case for me.  When you go to your first appointment please don't think you have to have a biopsy without anaesthetic. I refused it.  I did have it later just because I had a small procedure under general and then I wouldn't feel it.   The main thing is that fibroids do not have to be treated or removed, you do NOT have to have a hysterectomy. You can let nature take its course if you are 49 as they are supposed to reduce at menopause. For bleeding perhaps you need to know if there are any submucosal fibroids which could be removed hysteroscopically. They cause the main problems with bleeding. You can then take Eysma the new tablets to help reduce fibroids and stop bleeding whilst on them for their 3 month courses. Please also note that you do not have to have hysteroscopy resection of fibroid without a general anaesthetic and feel pain. You can ask for a general and be given it.   You may need iron tablets if low due to bleeding.  The tablets supplied by the GP are not the only ones you can get. They can cause side effects for some.  I found an alternative which increased by iron and haemoglobin to healthy levels without debilitating me. Not sure if can mention on here,  but may be able to if anyone wants to know.     Best wishes and good luck. 

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    Hi Kathy,

    As most of us would agree, seeing a specialist is in your best interest.  I have had many ultrasounds and the local technicians are never allowed to comment (at our hospital) but at other hospitals I have gotten lots of details.  The reason for the 'no comment' is the 'no alarm' results.  It puts a lot of stress on some individuals to know that they have any kind of tumour.  Some ppl jump to conclusions and honestly freak right out.

    That said.  I am turning 52.  I was diagnosed at 40.  And I thought that I was going to go through menopause any day.  So I chose not to do anything.  Well, here I am almost 12 years later and still have my monthly.  I looked into statistics on women with fibroids.  Considering that most women are advised to get a hysterectomy, the statistics are sketchy.  So I researched how old was the oldest women with fibroids who was still having her period.  And the alarming results came in at 55-58 years old.  Only one woman was 63.  I have no idea if there is any correlation to having fibroids causes menses to continue longer. But when I found that out I decided to start having my fibroids treated because they were getting larger and I was starting to have bladder issues.

    What I'm saying is, don't wait because you think nature will take it's course and shut things down.  We still have hormones through our overies for 10 years after menopause.  Those fibroids can still grow as long as they have hormones and a blood supply feeding them.  There are many ways to treat them based on the types and size of fibroids.  Some treatments work better on older women, so your in luck there.

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      Thanks Diana. Got my letter today saying gp referred me under the two week rule...hence the panic. I am sure from what the scan woman said all looked okay just has fibroids so think gp is just getting me through quicker due to bleeding. X
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